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Harper Hill
New Hampton, NH

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A logging road on the way to Harper Hill
A logging road on the way to Harper Hill

Route: Logging roads, bushwhacks

Saw this one sticking out due to recent logging from the Ossipees and Belknaps, so decided to give it a go.

Bushwhacked in from Lindsay Lane on some old skid lanes, then hopped onto a logging road that looks like it could become a housing development road soon, which could cause access issues.

Upon reaching the cone of Harper, I beelined up to the east peak for the sunrise. Though partially obstructed by remaining hardwood trees, the views are nonetheless expansive, ranging from Sandwich Dome to the north to the Belknaps to Forbes et al to the southwest.

After the sunrise, I continued on skid roads to what the USGS shows as the highest contour; some peakaboo views. A few candidates for highpoint, but the east peak doesn't seem much lower.

Down low, the snow pack was a frozen granular base with 1-2 inches of powder. This quickly increased to 4-6 inches of powder. I wore snowshoes roundtrip and was glad to have them. My tracks were quickly blowing in with the windy conditions.

Overall, it's not the most attractive peak at the moment due to the large logging operation awhile back, but the views were nice.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Harper Hill
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Difficult
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Parking Elevation: 640'
Destination: Harper Hill
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 640'
Summit Elevation: 1,210'
Vertical Gain: 650'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:10
Hike Vertical Gain: 700'

The sunrise from near the summit of Harper Hill - Click to enlarge
The sunrise from near the summit of Harper Hill

The sunrise from near the summit of Harper Hill - Click to enlarge
Hersey Mountain as seen from near the summit of Harper Hill

Topographic map of Harper Hill

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